The Strength of Faith

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”  (Rom. 4:20)

The Gospel of Matthew chapter five and verse 13 tells us,

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matt. 5:13)

In the days of Jesus, salt was used mostly as a preservative instead of a spice. It was used to preserve meat.

Here Jesus says that if the salt has lost its savor (strength or ability) and can no longer do what it is supposed to do, then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and walked upon.

Now our strength, our keeping power, our preservative is our faith.

The Bible says “the just shall live by faith.” If our salt is faith then this Scripture is saying that if we lose the power of our faith it is good for nothing.

Our faith can become vain and useless by taking it and putting it in something other than Christ. (Gal. 5:1-6)

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)

There is only one direction for our faith, and that direction is not in ourselves, our abilities, our accomplishments, our commitment, our holiness, or anyone or anything else.

The only direction for our faith, the only place where our faith can be deposited, is in God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” (Col. 1:21-23)

There are those who think they have faith but they have let their faith die. The Bible says faith without works is dead.

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20)

Faith is active. Faith is going. Faith is doing.

Ephesians chapter six and verse 13 says,

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Eph. 6:13)

Many people believe that if they become a Christian then their life will become boring with nothing to do. However, there is so much that God will give us to do if we really want to get close to Him, that we won’t have time to worry about things that we shouldn’t do anymore.

Being a Christian is very active.

A Spirit filled Christian who is drawing closer to Jesus is very active in the kingdom of God.

Faith is active.

When faith ceases to be active, it can die.

The Gospel of Matthew chapter five and verse 14 declares,

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” (Matt. 5:14)

We cannot hide, we cannot afford to hide, our faith and dedication to God.

Romans chapter two and verse four tells us,

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4)

People are going to see God in our lives. They are going to see God in our lives and they are going to see the goodness of God in our lives.

It is that goodness of God that leads men to repentance.

We cannot allow ourselves to be a light that is turned off.

The Bible says the city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

John chapter 18 verses 20 and 21 says,

“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.” (John 18:21)

Nothing that Jesus did was hid behind closed doors. Jesus Christ was openly and freely proclaiming the counsel of God.

God is open. God is clear. God is light.

The Bible tells us in John chapter one and verse five,

“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:5)

Our witness for God has to be as God.

It has to be clear. It has to be light. Our witness to the world has to be pure, unadulterated, and without compromise.

God will use the light of His love in you and through you to draw sinners to repentance.

I’ve seen ministries and outreaches fail and go down the drain because they dimmed the light. They compromised. They may have succeeded in the world’s eyes but they lost the anointing of God.

The people of the world do not need a ministry or a gospel that looks like what they have already tried in the world. Those who are seeking a change in their lives have already found that what the world offered was empty and unfulfilling.

They have already found that the world and all that is in it is no help at all for their problems. The people of the world are hungry for something that is different, something that is pure, and something that is true.

They are tired of what they’re living in and they are not going to want anything that looks and feels the same. They want something different. They want something clean.

They’re tired of the degradation and they’re tired of the uncleanliness that the world offers. They want something that is pure, clean, and true.

Without realizing it, their souls are craving the anointing and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our witness has to be pure and unfeigned.

Second Corinthians chapter four verses three and four declares,

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2Cor. 4:4)

If someone does not get saved, let it be because they rejected the truth. Don’t let it be because they never heard the truth.

The apostle Paul says my gospel wasn’t hid to anyone except to those who didn’t want it. It was hid to those who were blinded by the prince of this world.

Matthew chapter five and verse 15 says,

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” (Matt. 5:15)

Our witness should not just be on a hill so the world can see it, but our witness should also be in the house of God so the church can see it. Don’t let your light be put under a bushel in the house of God and in the family of God.

The Bible tells us that every one of us is a “member in particular” of the body of Christ.

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:16)

Each of us is an important individual in our local assembly and among the believers that we associate with in our lives. We are like a link in the chain and it has been said many times that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Each one of us has our place in the body of Christ. Each one of us has individual gifts that have been given to us by God that are useful to the building up of the entire body.

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (1Cor. 12:27)

No one is a “nobody” in the eyes of God. Each of us is a “somebody” in His eyes.

God has created each of us, saved us, anointed us, and deposited within us that certain “something” that no one else can duplicate.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

For God to be glorified our works must be a result of faith in God and love.

Belief alone is not enough to please God.

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:19-20)

God wants to see the active result of our belief and faith with works.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal. 5:6)

If our faith is going to be working it has to be working by love.

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1Cor. 13:2-3)

Faith and love together comprise good works which men will see and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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“The Sound Doctrine Seminar Volume Two: Revelations from the Sermon on the Mount” available now for $4.99 at bn.com for the Nook, amazon.com for the Kindle, the iBookstore for the iPad, and Lulu.com for the PC and all other e-reading devices.

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